Saima Hanif > Chambers of Ewan McQuater QC and Adrian Beltrami QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Ewan McQuater QC and Adrian Beltrami QC
3 Verulam Buildings

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Saima has an expertise in banking and financial services, with a particular expertise in contentious enforcement work. She has represented clients at all levels, from internal committees such as the RDC (and the DMC in Dubai), right through to the High Court and Court of Appeal. In the past she has acted for a major FS institution in the FCA’s investigation of Forex manipulation, a leading payday lender seeking FCA authorisation and a corporate client seeking to judicially review a s166 FSMA appointment. She appears regularly in the Upper Tribunal and has extensive cross-border experience, acting for clients in Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai, the Isle of Man and Guernsey, where she has represented the Guernsey FS regulator.


Tenant at 3VB.
Secondments: FSA (Enforcement); Clifford Chance (Financial Regulatory Department); FMLC, Bank of England; FCA (General Counsel’s Division).


Member of the FMLC’s Advisory Group on Brexit; COMBAR, FSLA.


Oxford University: BA (Jurisprudence)

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Professional disciplinary and regulatory law

(2021 Silks) Ranked: Tier

Saima Hanif QC3 Verulam BuildingsSaima not only knows the law, but also its application and how to challenge bodies that have failed in that application. That is what you want from Counsel, not simply a rehearsal of the statutes. Saima is great with clients and can keep even the most emotional of clients on track and focused. Her stand-out characteristic is her performance on her feet. She is persuasive before any forum and can respond decisively and effectively to the other side’s arguments.

London Bar > Financial services regulation

(2021 Silks) Ranked: Tier

Saima Hanif QC3 Verulam BuildingsHer strategic/ tactical attributes and abilities on the case management side of litigation are top drawer, and she also has expert knowledge and understanding of financial services law and various financial services regulatory frameworks with an ability to simplify complex issues and advise on them in plain English.

Asia Pacific - The English Bar > Commercial

(2021 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Saima Hanif QC3 Verulam BuildingsUnbelievably clever, great technical knowledge, approachable and pragmatic.

Middle East: The English Bar > Commercial

(2021 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Saima Hanif QC3 Verulam BuildingsVery bright, she tends to specialise in cases in the DIFC and has a good knowledge of financial services and the relevant regulatory framework.

3 Verulam Buildings continues to be a well-regarded set for banking and finance disputes, as part of a broader commercial disputes offering taking it to free zones and international arbitration in the Middle East. Ali Malek QC heads a team from chambers representing ED&F Man Capital Markets, a defendant which has not been accused of fraud, in the leviathan SKAT v Solo Capital Partners litigation. Saima Hanif is involved in some of the most visible DFSA regulatory investigations, and in addition to involvement in the Abraaj liquidation and related matters, Hodge Malek QC  is well-connected in Oman.